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Canadiens vs. Red Wings preview: Gilbert will take Gonchar’s spot for Habs

Canadiens vs. Red Wings Monday at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE Jockeying for  position: The Canadiens can open some ground between themselves and the third-place Red Wings in the Atlantic Division […]

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Game Within the Game: Beaulieu stands up for Gonchar

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS MONTREAL GAZETTE Sergei Gonchar twisted his body to get between Trevor Smith and the puck as it skipped its way across the ice Saturday night at the Bell


About last night …

It has become a frequent lament among Montreal Canadiens fans: "Why do we suck against bad teams?" Apart from cavalier use of the third-person plural, there is merit to the


Leafs vs. Canadiens preview: Sekac, Gilbert healthy scratches for Habs

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens

Saturday at the Bell Centre, 7 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE No. 1 with an asterisk: The Canadiens have moved into first


About last night …

Shall we accentuate the positive? Despite blowing leads twice and losing in OT to one of the worst teams in the NHL, your Montreal Canadiens are first in the

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Oilers vs. Canadiens preview: Tokarski will start in goal for Habs

Oilers vs. Canadiens

Thursday at the Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE The Price is right: For the first time in his career, Carey Price

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Game Within the Game: Desharnais a goal-scoring ghost

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS MONTREAL GAZETTE On a good night — or even a bad one — David Desharnais is like a ghost, barely visible as he floats across the ice. Invisibility may


About last night …

Ho-hum, another regular-season series sweep. Sunday, your Montreal Canadiens recorded their fourth win in as many games against Boston. Tuesday night, it was Philadelphia's turn. David Desharnais's overtime goal gave

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Flyers vs. Canadiens preview: de la Rose will centre Habs’ fourth line

Flyers vs. Canadiens

Tuesday at the Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE Tough challenge: This marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Canadiens against

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Former Habs coach Claude Ruel dies at age 76

Former Canadiens coach Claude Ruel has died at age 76. François Gagnon of RDS reported that Ruel was found in an elevator at his Longueuil residence early Monday morning.